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Complete Hospitality Training AND HOTELSTAFF JOIN FORCES TO PROVIDE GRADUATES WITH GUARANTEED HOSPITALITY JOB PLACEMENT PROGRAM //

August 24, 2017

hospitality

Victoria’s leading hospitality training school – Complete Hospitality Training – has formed a strategic partnership with the state’s leading hospitality recruitment service provider – Hotelstaff – to provide hospitality graduates of the school with practical placement opportunities and guaranteed job placements* on successful completion of their course.

Complete Hospitality Training is an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO #3722), with its Melbourne-based subsidiary Victorian Bar School being renowned as Victoria’s premium training school for baristas, mixologists, and hospitality staff.

“This is truly a first in the Australian hospitality industry, and we’re extraordinarily proud to partner with Hotelstaff to offer our students guaranteed work placement immediately after graduation,” said Warrick Steabben, CEO of Complete Hospitality Training.

Supplying solid recruitment solutions to the Victorian hospitality industry since 1986, Hotelstaff enjoys a reputation of providing high quality and highly trained staff to local industry players. The company has built up an enviable network of the state’s best hoteliers, restaurateurs, caterers, café proprietors, bar and club owners, and is known for stringently assuring only the highest calibre staff are recommended to venues.

“Our partnership with Complete Hospitality Training underlines our faith in the well-trained and fantastic can-do attitudes we consistently see in their graduates that we interview on behalf of the industry,” explains Nathan Szprinc, Managing Director of Hotelstaff.

Complete Hospitality Training students undertaking Certificate IV in Hospitality will have the opportunity for industry practical placements through the Hotelstaff alliance during their course, to commence building real-life work experience to include in their CVs.

All successful graduates of Complete Hospitality Training will also be guaranteed a four-week, paid job placement* on completion of their course with one of Hotelstaff’s selected leading hospitality employers, who have agreed to participate in this amazing industry initiative.

“This is a fantastic head-start for graduates to be able to step straight into a job on completion of their studies,” continues Steabben, “and those who seize the opportunity with both hands will be the winners, as they step firmly onto the first rung of their career.”

Complete Hospitality Training
http://www.chtmelbourne.com.au/

Victorian Bar School
http://vicbar-school.com.au/

Hotelstaff
http://hotelstaff.com.au/

*Successful graduates of Complete Hospitality Training courses will be eligible for guaranteed job placements with a leading hospitality employer for a minimum of 4 hours per week over a four-week period.

Major events our top 10 TIPS and tricks of the trade!

March 16, 2017

staff GP

With Melbourne events revving up for Autumn and Hotelstaff providing a large number of staff at the Formula 1 Grand Prix we like to provide imperative advice to our staff.

Here are our tips –  most of them are obvious, but a gentle reminder never hurt!!!

  1. Drink lots of water – stay hydrated! A very obvious one, but probably the most important.
  2. Be on time – give yourself extra time in the morning so you are not panicking and you have time to prepare and meet with the appropriate people when you arrive.
  3. Dress appropriately and according to protocol. Simple. If you are not dressed correctly, you won’t work.
  4. Exercise – do what you like. A quick run, walk, yoga or some weights will keep the blood pumping and keep you energised.
  5. Rest up between shifts, yes, it is all very well to go out and go crazy after a long day, but this will certainly affect your performance and mental health for days to come.
  6. Avoid energy drinks – what goes up, must come down!
  7. SMILE – it makes such a difference.
  8. Stay organised. For many of us working during this wonderful, but crazy time in Melbourne it is easy for things to get on top of you. Make sure you are organised at home and tell your friends and family you are working some crazy hours.
  9. Stretch – take time when it is not super busy or on your break to stretch your limbs.
  10. Enjoy yourself… have fun doing what you are doing. The buzz of working at major events in Melbourne is great and use it to your privilege. You will be gaining further experience, meeting new people and satisfying work goals!

 

That’s a wrap…

December 15, 2016

Present

That’s a wrap….

Thank you to all our very loyal clients for a great year in 2016. Hotelstaff had one of its busiest years to date and we enjoyed every minute of it.

Here at Hotelstaff, we work hard, but we also have fun (only in the downtimes!). Our internal staff have worked tirelessly to ensure all our clients’ needs are met and our field staff have been placed in the right areas, at the right times, wearing the right uniform and basically, just being the best staff there is!

Our permanent consultants have had huge success in 2016 placing world class Chefs in world class venues throughout the world and holding our executive search business in high stead.

I would personally like to thank each of our Hotelstaff team for their dedication and commitment and excellent results during 2016.  Thank you to our clients for the trust you instil in our team, our field staff and permanent staff.

We look forward to a great 2017.

Enjoy the holidays and Happy New Year.

nathan sig

Nathan Szprinc

Managing Director

That’s a wrap…

November 15, 2016

SRC horses backsides

That’s a wrap.

The 2016 Spring Racing Carnival is over!

This year saw Hotelstaff employ in excess of 750 experienced hospitality staff including wait staff, baristas, bar tenders and chefs.

Our staff worked Caulfield, Moonee Valley and Flemington racetracks as well as at racing related events across the carnival.  Hotelstaff’s team provided the highest standard of hospitality service to the punters, members and A-listers whilst enjoying one of the most celebrated events in Melbourne.

We want to thank each and every one of you.

 

To our clients, thank you!

Hotelstaff is honoured to collaborate and provide the highest respected group of staff to your major events, which just keep getting better and better.

Our passion for working closely with clients and staff to ensure these events run smoothly and the guests are treated to a second to none experience is unwavering.

Cheers everyone!!!

From the hardworking team at Hotelstaff.

Major events: Our top 10 TIPS and tricks of the trade!

October 11, 2016

hospo staff 1With Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne well underway, with Caulfield Guineas been and gone and Caulfield Cup this Saturday, things are heating up and we are on our way to the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Hotelstaff boasts over 250 staff a day out at some of the major Spring Racing Carnival events and although we are always providing imperative advice to our staff, we thought we would put some tips together. Most of them are obvious, but a gentle reminder never hurt!!!

And if you have any of your own tips, let us know of course.

  1. Drink lots of water – stay hydrated! A very obvious one, but probably the most important.
  2. Be on time – give yourself extra time in the morning so you are not panicking and you have time to prepare and meet with the appropriate people when you arrive.
  3. Dress appropriately and according to protocol. Simple. If you are not dressed correctly, you won’t work.
  4. Exercise – do what you like. A quick run, walk, yoga or some weights will keep the blood pumping and keep you energised.
  5. Rest up between shifts, yes, it is all very well to go out and go crazy after a long day, but this will certainly affect your performance and mental health for days to come.
  6. Avoid energy drinks – what goes up, must come down!
  7. SMILE – it makes such a difference.
  8. Stay organised. For many of us working during this wonderful, but crazy time in Melbourne it is easy for things to get on top of you. Make sure you are organised at home and tell your friends and family you are working some crazy hours.
  9. Stretch – take time when it is not super busy or on your break to stretch your limbs.
  10. Enjoy yourself… have fun doing what you are doing. The buzz of working at the races and other major events in Melbourne is great and use it to your privilege. You will be gaining further experience, meeting new people and satisfying work goals!

SADDLE UP – join Hotelstaff ‘s incentive program #springracingcarnival

August 30, 2016

Spring Racing PIC

What a fabulous time of year in Melbourne. It’s Spring; The flowers bloom and the sun starts to shine brighter, the birds chirp a little earlier and there is a buzz around town. After a long winter of AFL (which we also love!) we are now headed into the glamour and verve of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

This is the time of year where our hospitality team earn big $, work great shifts and Hotelstaff is offering a great incentive to give you even more!

We are always on the hunt for experienced and enthusiastic hospitality staff to work throughout the Spring Racing Carnival and our INCENTIVE PROGRAM gives you the opportunity to refer your mates to Hotelstaff and be rewarded for it!!!

Get in early for guaranteed shifts, work in premium areas and create your very own all access pass.

Call us on 9650 1311 or email your resume to: casuals@hotelstaff.com.au

SADDLE UP!

See you at the races.

Hotelstaff is the answer!

August 11, 2016

Hotelstaff answer declineSo you want to be busy ALL year round? One of the benefits of agency work is that hours are not as restricted as working in one venue. On the flip side, nothing is guaranteed! So, here are some ideas to help YOU stand out at the venues Hotelstaff send you to….

We all dread that early morning phone call – yes, ALL of us!

However, many of these phone calls come from regular clients who not only provide us with consistent work, but also trust us to deliver our best staff every time! Whilst no one expects that you are always available by answering the call it is likely that you will attend one of these as a regular sooner or later.

At Hotelstaff we love reliability… and so do our clients!

Every time you accept a shift, make sure you know where you are going and what you need to take. We send you a handy link through The Sauce that includes shift confirmations, outlines the address of the site and info on how to get there as well as access and uniform requirements. If at any time you are unsure call us – we will answer!

It may be a stretch… but carrying your full uniform when possible, means that when last minute work comes up you are prepared and available.

Communication is key not only between yourself and the office but also with your supervisor when you are on-site. If there is something you don’t understand or if something is unclear, it is always best to clarify the instructions before continuing. Your feedback is important too – if there is something that you think we should know about a particular client or role that will help us then we want to hear from you!

And finally and really the most important factor –  do your best every time you step out to work. The great variety of work that Hotelstaff offers allows for more opportunity to enjoy your work and your lifestyle.  After all, casual hospo work allows for great work/life balance and a whole lot of fun!

CASUAL Recruitment Coordinator (3 month assignment)

August 9, 2016

recruitment coordinator

Hotelstaff is looking for a Recruitment Coordinator to support our growth over the peak Spring Season!

Be part of our energetic, hard-working and fun in-house team…

The role:

  • is casual, 3-month assignment, based at our HQ in St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
  • is significant, coordinating the success of all aspects of our Major Casual Recruitment Drive
  • has responsibility for accurate phone screening, administration, and onboarding for our high calibre candidates
  • offers an opportunity to share your knowledge of Hotelstaff to induct new team members into the ‘at your service’ attitude

What makes you perfect for this role:

  • you’re dynamic, proactive and energetic
  • you understand and can handle the real time pressure and hours of the hospitality industry
  • you’re ready to hard work alongside professionals and have a real impact on the success of Hotelstaff over our peak season
  • industry experience and knowledge in Front and Back of House operations
  • sensational communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • experience with Microsoft Office Suite

If you’re up to the task, please send through an interesting cover letter and resume highlighting why your perfect for the role to michael@hotelstaff.com.au

How to ACE your shift and be a Hotelstaff star!

February 11, 2016

Team work hospo

How to ACE your shift and be a Hotelstaff star!

Being part of Hotelstaff means you have access to the best casual hospitality shifts in Melbourne. With over 30 years of serving up the most experienced, positive staff to the most wonderful venues and events in our wonderful city, we pride ourselves on our casual team, you!

It has never been easier to tell us your availability and have your shifts confirmed using our industry leading rostering technology, The Sauce which you can download here.

 

TIPS to ACE your Hotelstaff interview:

The easiest things to do.

  • Be on time
  • Bring ALL of your paperwork
  • Wear your uniform and wear it well!
  • Bring your “A” game

 

HOW TO LIVE the “AT YOUR SERVICE” attitude with Hotelstaff.

Whilst each shift is different, each client has their own expectations, overall, the tips in our article apply ALWAYS.

Time, time, time ….. BE ON TIME! Need we say more!  All Hotelstaff shifts required you to arrive at your location 30 MINUTES PRIOR to your shift to ensure on time performance.

Communication of the nation – communicate! Always communicate with us. Provide us with feedback, tell us about your shift, tell us your availability and let us help you undertake the best opportunities in town.  You can contact us on casuals@hotelstaff.com.au

Work your shift – please don’t pull out of your shift. If you have accepted your shift, we and our client expect you to be there. When you commit to a shift, it is our expectation that you will be there. Of course, there are emergencies, we get this. Call us on 9650 1311 immediately in the case of an emergency.

Present well – look great, feel great. It is important that you comply with the dress code for the client. If you don’t, quite often you can be sent home. So this one is easy as pie. Wear your appropriate attire, wear it with confidence. Dress to impress!

There is no “I” in team – although you are a casual, you are still part of the team. We work as a flexible, diverse group with new faces and locations and fun each shift. Be part of that team, work closely with your peers, provide feedback and assistance where appropriate and always take pride in your work. This leads to a more satisfying shift, future offers of shifts and happy clients!

Hours – ensure you are compensated for the work you do, everytime ensure your timesheet is signed by your supervisor and emailed through to payroll as soon as you complete your shift – payroll@hotelstaff.com.au

We love our casual team members, we appreciate you and are always doing our utmost to get you the best shifts across Melbourne to suit you and to ensure our clients businesses run smoothly and everyone is having a good time and taking pride in their work.  If you take note of the above and leave a fabulous impression, the possibilities are endless.

 

JOIN our team working at the Formula 1 Grand Prix

February 4, 2016

Grand Prix 2016 pic 2

Melbourne is home to many wonderful events, it always has been. Our Summer with hot, sun kissed afternoons and evenings hold us in good stead for tennis, festivals, the cricket, outdoor cinema’s and of course one of the most prestigious world renowned car races, the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The Formula 1 Grand Prix, a motor race held annually in Australia has been held 79 times since it was first run at Phillip Island in 1928. Since the 80’s, the GP has been a round of the FIA Formula One World Championship and is now held at the Albert Park circuit with a backdrop of the lake and palm trees; not too far from Melbourne’s CBD or the beach for that matter!

The circuit is a 16 turn circuit, measuring just over 5km. The drivers race a total of over 307 kilometres (58 laps). The noise, the buzz, the team work and prestige of the race and the days leading up to the race change Melbourne into a hub of excitement and activity. The roulettes flying over our office buildings and back yards, causing everyone to look up and gasp, to the commotion during the set up – Melbournian’s use the track on a daily basis! The ruckus of the practise runs and the hype of the celebrity race.

We love it. Melbourne loves it and we attract punters as well as the elite of motor racing from far and wide who love to eat, drink and spectate, whilst enjoying Melbourne and car racing at its finest.

Hotelstaff are privileged to be part of the crew who assist in staffing this wonderful event and are always looking for:

  • CHEFS
  • Food and Beverage staff,
  • Bartenders, Hosts
  • Baristas and Chefs

…to be part of this event and use your hospitality skills and work whilst having great time!

If you are interested in working at the Formula 1 Grand Prix from the 17-20 March we want to hear from you on 03 9650 1311 or casuals@hotelstaff.com.au

KOREAN food and why it is great!

August 6, 2015

Korean food

If you were to name something that came to mind when you hear about Korean food, what would you think? Barbecued meat, spicy food, dog meat and maybe kimchi would all come to mind. Did you know that Korean food is also one of the healthiest cuisines in the world? Most dinners have a maximum calorie intake of less than 600 calories. Compare that to eating a pizza that has well over 1,000 calories and it’s not hard to see why Koreans aren’t known for being obese.

Here are a number of reasons why Korean food can be great for you:

  • Soups – A meal isn’t a meal in Korea without some kind of soup. They’re a great way of filling yourself up without providing huge amounts of calories.
  • Meat – Meat isn’t the focal point of a meal in Korea, it’s an accompaniment. This means the amount of saturated fat that a Korean eats is very low. On the occasions that a Korean may have plenty of meat in their meal, like samgyeopsal, it is usually grilled to well that the fat has rendered off the meat.
  • Lack of oil – Many Korean dishes are stewed, grilled or boiled which means there isn’t a need to cook the food in high in fat oils. Not only is it healthier but it tastes better too!
  • Kimchi – An acquired taste for some, kimchi is one of the healthiest foods in the world as it contains plenty of minerals and vitamins, as well as aiding digestion. Some Koreans go as far as to claim it can ward off a number of major diseases like bird flu, but as of yet there is no evidence to support this.

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Join our team…

July 30, 2015

Fun pic

Join our team …

Casual shifts at and in:

  • Stadiums
  • Horse races
  • Major events
  • Boardrooms
  • Cafes
  • Hotels
  • Casinos
  • Private functions

Know that you are working for the agency that has been staffing Melbourne and the world for almost 30 years.

Join us today and become part of a wonderful team of experienced hospitality staff who have fun, work flexible hours and earn great $.

Send your resume to resumes@hotelstaff.com.au

03 9650 1311

Move over green smoothies, bone broth has arrived!

June 25, 2015

bone broth

Having been a chef for over 15 years in many upmarket dining establishments, Beef stock is not a foreign ingredient to me. In the early days of my apprenticeship, one of the fundamental skills was the technique and end-product upon which almost every other aspect of French cuisine rests: stock. The French are masters at wringing every bit of flavour out of an animal, right down to the bone.

Stock has gained quite a lot of mystery over the years. Many people are under the impression that stocks are difficult to make. This is not the case. They are time consuming, but only for the stove. Many stocks are born in the wee hours of the night: the last cook out the door makes sure that the liquid is at a perfect, very slow simmer, and then the stock is left to itself until the next day.

I have recently come across a little “healthy café,” and I had just discovered one of Melbourne’s newest food fads, Bone Broth! Yes the fad for 2015 is broth out of a polystyrene cup, 180ml to set you back $9.00! The queue was enormous, a line of people eager to get there morning fix of broth. (more…)